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The Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore is an associate professor of homiletics and Christian ministry at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Joining the faculty in July 2017, she came from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where she was the founding associate dean of the William E. Pannell Center for African-American Church Studies. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church (West Michigan Annual Conference), Joy is a nationally respected academic leader, who has taught in seminaries throughout the U.S. She brings a passion for preparing pastors for leadership in the local church. She wants to help pastors witness to the holiness and justice promised and proclaimed by Jesus. Joy earned a bachelor’s degree in education and mathematics, a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a doctorate in practical theology from London School of Theology/Brunel University in England. She became a John Wesley Fellow in 2001 and is a member of the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists, the Wesleyan Theology Society, the Academy of Homiletics and the Society for Biblical Literature. She is currently president of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship of the American Academy of Religion.

Bonnie Wheeler, M.A., L.M.S.W., is a nationally certified counselor with the Michigan State University Counseling Center. She has extensive experience in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, sexual assault and adults who were abused as children. She also is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree. She has expertise in domestic violence, women’s issues, multicultural issues and life transitions. She has focused on treatment of sexual trauma through the Masters and Johnson training. She holds an advanced bereavement-facilitator certificate from the American Academy of Bereavement. Bonnie has taken workshops such as “Death and Dying: Relationship-Centered” and “Death and Dying: An Invitation to the Soul” with N. Michael Murphy, M.D. She also did transformative grief training. She is active in her community, serving as dance coordinator since 1990 for the Looking Glass Music & Arts Association. She has been honored for her volunteer work with the Ingham County Women’s Commission and for service to the Council Against Domestic Assault.

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